- Associated Press - Friday, August 28, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A former employee at the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice has been sentenced to two years in prison for bribery.

The U.S. attorney’s office says 65-year-old Connie Richardson of Richmond was sentenced in federal court Thursday. She also was ordered to pay more than $158,000 in restitution.

Richardson pleaded guilty in May. According to court documents, Richardson oversaw a program governing the transportation of juveniles from one state to another. She steered the majority of the department’s transportation requests to a company, inflated the firm’s invoices and took thousands of dollars in kickbacks.

The owner of the company, 37-year-old Christopher Connor of Virginia Beach, also pleaded guilty in July and will be sentenced Oct. 29.

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